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by Brett Davis

General Motors has unveiled an all-new supermini EV concept as part of the World Environment Day celebrations in New Delhi, India. Called the Chevrolet Beat, the fully electric concept will be used as a study vehicle to see how well EVs work in India’s metro areas.

Using the same battery pack as the Chevrolet Volt, the fully electric Beat has a range of around 130km per single charge. The 300-cell lithium-ion 20 kWh battery then takes around eight hours to completely recharge using a conventional 240V power outlet.

Obviously, the compact Beat is no powerhouse, producing 45kW of power. Drive is then sent directly to the front wheels through a single speed gear. Karl Slym, President and Managing Director, General Motors India, recently spoke about the car at the unveiling. He said,

“GM India will lead in this ‘tailored for India’ demo program for battery electric technology, with Chevrolet Beat chosen as the best way to evaluate the technology.

“We are delighted that Chevrolet selected India as an important market to test battery electric technology, while recognising the capabilities of our engineering team to help identify ways to make this technology more affordable.”

So far there are no official production plans for this particular specified car, but the Chevrolet Beat will be used as a test bed for development of possible upcoming production versions.




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